For the next week, we will post reflections, thoughts, memories and feelings shared by some very special "heroes of hope."
We share these "reflections of a mother's heart" with the hope that you will somehow be comforted and encouraged, and that you will experience a measure of God's love, comfort and peace.
May this be a special Mothers Day for you and your family, and may you sense the loving presence of God and your "eternal" child deep within your heart and soul, as you celebrate that your ". . . greatest blessings call you MOM!"
You are in our hearts and prayers ALWAYS,
Angie and our "Mothers Like Me" Staff
Tricia Gerard-Guntle, Loveland, CO
You would be soooo proud of Dad. He went to his first "Dad's Like Me" grief group for grieving dads last week.
He dropped me off at my "Mothers Like Me" writing workshop, and I watched him walk towards the room where the other dads were meeting. I felt so many emotions. I felt so proud of him for being so brave, and I felt so sad for him too. It was like sending a child to a new school for the first time.
The biggest problem for us both is that we feel like we are going to a school for grief and it is a school that nobody wants to attend. You dread walking in, but when you leave, you have learned so much about yourself and others. There are lessons that you will never understand and you know you will never get an A+ ... except in hope and compassion.
We are learning how to cope and live without a part of you. The other moms and dads guide and help us to be the new person we have to be. We are making new friends that we will never forget - friends for life that we have an instant bond with when we first meet. This "school of grief" is a place where we hope we never see someone we know, because that means they have also lost a child.
We know that we will never graduate from this "school." We will just keep trying to learn how to deal with the grief that is connected to you and our love for you for the rest of our lives. I am just thankful there are schools like this and classrooms of wonderful "moms and dads like us," who are willing and available to help us.
Dad and I are learning more about grief and ourselves every time we attend these special groups of moms and dads. And, we are realizing that sometimes learning and accepting that it's not about being an "A" student in the school of grief, but instead that when we are open to expressing our love and grief for you, we learn the most.
WE LOVE YOU AND YOU ARE ALWAYS WITH US, TAY. - Mom and Dad